We had a another wonderful night together learning new music and new choreography. I truly want you to know how much it means to us that you’re willing to give 100% of your focus and energy to your rehearsal. Those are the trademarks of professional musicians (and wonderful human beings!) 🙂 Please see below for your action items for this week.
Key ideas and Concepts addressed this week:
Action Items and expectations for next Rehearsal, January 25th:
The Wind, Rich Campbell
TO ANY READER
As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far ways,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear; he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.
Kusimama (Stand Tall), Jim Papoulis
You will be singing this with Intermediate at the All Choir Concert this Spring.
Earth Songs – The World is Full of Poetry, David Brunner (from last week)
You will be singing this with Vocalise at the All Choir Concert this Spring.
Earth Songs – In Safety and Bliss, David Brunner (from last week)
Earth Songs – We Join With the Earth, David Brunner (from last week)
Some more information on Earthsongs
Here are the program notes from the last time Cantabile sang Earthsongs:
“Conductor, clinician, and composer David Brunner brings a trio of writings together in a group of three pieces, intended to be performed without pause. Says Brunner, the texts speak of the wonders of nature and of the importance of protecting the animals, caring for the plants, and nurturing one another. The World is Full of Poetry is a text by the 19th century geologist James Gates Percival. In Safety and Bliss is a Buddhist writing from the Sutta Nipata. We join with the Earth is from the United Nations Environmental Sabbath Program. Brunner weaves together these texts in distinct melodies that not only celebrate the Earth but serve as a reminder that the environment too must be cared for.”
Review: Breathing meditation, standing position and a Yoga flow
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) It’s been wonderful to see how many of you list yoga on your practice logs each week! This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
Mind and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Bonus Points: See if you can find a connection between Robert Louis Stevenson and the Bay Area – write it at the bottom of your practice log when you turn it in this week!
Other announcements and reminders:
We’re both looking forward to getting to start interpreting Earthsongs and The Wind more next week, as well as polishing your Kusimama moves! Stay warm and dry in all this rain, and have a wonderful week of practicing!
Yours in poetry, safety, bliss, and in the Earth,
Elena and Jazmine